I recently posted on what to buy the Beer Geek. Christmas Day has been and gone and that not so subtle hint scored me Melissa Cole’s, Let Me Tell You About Beer. Lou slipped this one in amongst a host of non beer related gifts to add to the burgeoning beer shelf.
I neglected to post in that original post my Birthday gift this year. Beer Craft by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill. It seems I’ve been talking about it quite a bit as Capt. English, a confirmed geek of beer and beyond got the same for Christmas. For the novice home brewer wanting to brew without powders and premixed tubs it’s definitely worth a mention.
It’s not just home brewing made easy; it’s home brewing with a cool craft aesthetic. Vintage labels, bottle tops and interviews with Craft luminaries such as John Maier, Brewmaster at Rogue Ales and Stone’s Greg Koch make it a must have.
There’ll be more on home craft brewing in the New Year, as I attempt my first brews.
An unexpected gift from English in recognition of Big J’s birthday and Best Man duties earlier in the year was quite possibly the best and worst bottle opener ever seen. Aidan Moffat’s Little Beer Song plays as the bottle cap completes the circuit. No secret late night opening for me! Though who wouldn’t want to hear the ex Arab Strap frontman serenade the opening of each beer? Of course a bottle opener without a few bottles is pointless. As English bought it from Moffat himself it’s seems fitting that it was also accompanied by a case bought from Evin O’Riordan at The Kernel Brewery.